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This article is about Bode Locke from the Netflix adaptation. You may be looking for Bode Locke from the graphic novels.

Aloha!

–Bode's most famous quote

Bode Locke is one of the three main protagonists of the Netflix adaptation of Locke & Key. He is the youngest of the Locke children, he is the most inquisitive, and the one who finds the majority of the keys. Namely, he finds the Ghost Key, which allows his consciousness to leave his body and travel independently. He is played by Jackson Robert Scott.

Biography[]

Early Life[]

Bode used to eat smores with his father Rendell.[1] He once told him that he was very discerning for his age.[2]

Life in Matheson[]

Arrival at the Well House[]

Bode Calls into the Well

Bode calls into the well.

Bode is among the most inquisitive of children in the Locke Family and, when he and his family move to Matheson following their father's death, he begins exploring the ancient and extensive house and associated Estate. He is eventually drawn to the Well House which sits on Keyhouse estate and, when he calls into the well, he receives a reply from something he initially believes to be his echo. The reply scares him, and he runs back into the house, perplexed and scared at the event that has unfolded before him.

Bode later returns to the well, drawn by the whispers common around the house. He once again calls into the well, and enjoys a conversation with the voice from earlier, whom he now refers to as Echo. She asks if Bode has found any of the magical keys hidden throughout Keyhouse, and details some of the keys, including the Ghost Key and Identity Key. The Echo tells Bode to listen to the whispering if he wishes to find the keys. Bode is perplexed again by the conversation and decides he should tell Kinsey. When he does, however, she dismisses him. He does, however, find one of the keys hidden within her bracelet — the bracelet her father gave her years prior. He uses the key on a nearby door, and it opens a door to the ice cream parlour they had visited downtown earlier in the day. Bode realises that he has found the Anywhere Key, but is unable to show Kinsey a doorway to the Eiffel Tower.

Bode walks through the mirror

Bode activates the Mirror Key

Following the whispers, Bode finds another of the keys in the garbage disposal system. He shows the keys to Echo when he returns to the Well House, and Echo reveals that the second key allows the user to speak with the dead; she tells him to show the key to his mother. He later uses the key to try and communicate with his father, Rendell. He uses the key on a nearby mirror, and is enticed by his reflection to step through the mirror. Nina steps through instead, however and finds herself trapped within the mirror. Desperate to save his mother, Bode returns to the Well House and asks for Echo's help, questioning why she lied to him. Echo reveals that the key is actually the Mirror Key and can trap enemies within a perfect prison, but offers her assistance in return for the Anywhere Key. Bode sees no issue with this and trades her the Anywhere Key, however she simply uses the key to escape the Well House, leaving him alone. He is later able to save his mother with the help of Tyler and Kinsey and a long piece of rope found in the Well House.[3]

Finding More Keys[]

Bode closing the bear trap

Bode closing the bear trap, awaiting Echo.

The following day, Kinsey and Tyler are still confused at the events of the previous night, however do not believe Bode when he tells them about the woman in the Well House; they simply tell him to forget about the whole ordeal and the keys. He continues to hear the whispers, however, and finds another of the keys hidden in the vacuum.[4] He struggles with finding out what this key does, however, and tries multiple doors, failing at each opportunity.

Bode uses the Head Key

Bode uses the Head Key for the first time

Bode realises that he and the "Well Woman" have conflicting interests, however as nobody will believe him, he opts to take the situation into his own hands. He asks Rufus for advice, and eventually settles on using a bear trap to try and lure Echo in. He is unable to lure Echo into the trap, however, and she simply tells him to give her the keys when he finds them; she dismisses him and leaves shortly after. Bode later decides to use the newfound key, and, inserting it into the base of his neck, he realises that he has found the Head Key, but is surprised to find himself in an out-of-body experience.[4]

Wishing to show Tyler and Kinsey the effects of the Head Key, he allows the two inside of his head, where he shows them some of his most precious memories with their father, Rendell. Bode watches later and Tyler uses the Head Key to insert knowledge into his head in hopes of impressing Jackie.

Bode 103 Ghost Key

Bode would later find one of the keys in a painting of Chamberlin Locke on the mantelpiece. He uses the key to open the large wooden door in the winter study and, walking through, he finds himself turned into a ghost and able to fly around the ground of Keyhouse freely. Bode talks with Chamberlain about the keys and he reveals that Bode found the Ghost Key, but also that his father and Duncan used the keys during their childhood.[5]

Ambush at Keyhouse Manor[]

Bode entrapped in a ring of fire

Bode confronted and cornered by Echo.

The conflict between Echo and Bode grows when Bode believes that he can stop Echo from using the Anywhere Key if he covers all of the keyholes with chewing gum. He finds this is relentless, however, and Echo later appears and demands the Head Key from him. He questions why she has not just taken it, and he finally realises that Echo is unable to take a key from anyone without permission.[6]

Continuation[]

Graveyard ambush

Bode is ambushed by Dodge.

Bode wanted to play with Duncan, but he got a migraine, so he went out back. There, Dodge confronted him and foretold something would come forth and destroy his family.[7]

Confrontation with Sam Lesser[]

Bode uses GK in Dissection

Bode watches Sam threaten his mother.

The conflict between Dodge and Bode further reaches a climax when she enlists the help of Sam Lesser — the man who killed Rendell — once again to terrorise the Locke Family and locate the Head Key. Sam enters Keyhouse and threatens Nina, forcing Bode to use the Ghost Key to investigate upstairs whilst not compromising the safety of his physical body. Sam later ties up Nina, Bode and Kinsey, however they are able to hide the Head Key inside of Kinsey's plush toy whale, Sally. When Sam demands the key, the children tell him that Tyler has it, who is currently not home; Sam tells them that they will wait for Tyler to return home. When Tyler returns home and Sam finds out that he doesn't have the key, Kinsey tells Sam that she buried the key in the garden, and Sam takes her and Bode hostage whilst she "digs up the key"; he turns violent when the key isn't there however.

Sam eventually gets possession of the Head Key when the Locke Children use it on him, however when Dodge appears to collect, he is unsure whether he should hand over the key. She eventually kills Sam and forcefully takes the key from him; this proves that Bode was initially incorrect when he believed she could not take the key from anyone, with her revealing that the rule only applies to the Locke Family.[8]

Aftermath[]

Bode later finds the Mending Key in the sewing room of Keyhouse. He uses the key to open the Mending Cabinet, however is unaware of both the keys' or the cabinet's purpose. He questions if the cabinet is similar to the one that took the Pevensie children to the magical universe of Narnia, however he is disappointed when he gets into the cabinet and nothing happens.[9]

With Ellie in possession of the Crown of Shadows, she decides that she was wrong about the whole situation and decides to come clean with the Locke Children. She tells them her history with the keys, and shows Tyler and Kinsey certain memories of her childhood. Although Bode is not privy to witnessing the memories, he is privy to the plan to use the Crown of Shadows against Dodge, which Ellie leaves Keyhouse to retrieve.[10]

Showdown at Keyhouse Manor[]

The Locke Children finally come face-to-face with Dodge and — using the crown — she commands the shadows to attack Keyhouse. Bode makes a weapon by attaching the Matchstick Key to the end of his light sabre, and attacking Dodge's shadow, he causes it to explode. They find out that this has also subdued Dodge, and they formulate a plan to throw Dodge back through the Black Door. After this is done, however, Bode does not believe the nightmare to be over, and questions multiple times if Kinsey and Tyler are sure they got Dodge. He writes an ambient letter to Rufus promising to visit him someday and acknowledging he and his friends will watch over the keys.[11]

The Death of Dodge[]

Reconnecting with Rufus Whedon[]

After Ellie's disappearance and Rufus' moving away, Bode becomes lonely at Keyhouse Manor, isolated from his siblings due to his age. After finding numerous new keys — and inviting the majority of his friends and others into their secret — Bode begins to act out and, at one point, destroys his doorframe in his room trying to move a sofa with the Hercules Key.[12]

Bode later decides to use the Anywhere Key (which he obtains by trading the Hercules Key with Tyler) to visit Rufus. He talks with Rufus and the two talk about how they miss one another, but it is not too long until Bode is forced to return home to Matheson; Bode invites Rufus to come back with him one-day for a visit, but the two are still reeling from the disappearance of Ellie.[12]

Plotting Against Dodge[]

Aware that Dodge and Gabe are one in the same, Bode and the other Lockes quickly become cautious around him and attempt to figure out his plans. This becomes difficult with the return of Erin Voss, who seeks to eliminate Dodge on her own. Things quickly become difficult when Bode attends an event in Matheson with Tyler and Kinsey in which he and Jamie enter a maze together. They quickly become caught up in a rat-race between Dodge, Erin and Duncan, which eventually ends in Erin's death at the hands of the Chain Key; Bode is shielded from witnessing the death by Tyler.[13]

Bode's involvement with the keys and taking down Dodge becomes even more intense when the Locke children try to trick Dodge — still masquerading as Gabe — back into the Wellhouse using the Savini Squad as bait. They fail, however, and Bode is taken hostage as collateral to force Duncan into forging a new key. Dodge uses the Chain Key on Bode and continues to tighten the chains, citing that he will crush Bode if he does not cooperate; this eventually leads to the creation of the Demon key and both Duncan and Bode are set free.[14]

Encounter with Ellie Whedon[]

Whilst Bode is not directly involved with the final showdown between Dodge and the Savini Squad/Locke's, he plays a vital part in returning Ellie back to herself. After seemingly being freed from behind the Black Door, Ellie makes her way to Keyhouse Manor where she finds a surprised Bode. Bode initially believes the figure to be Dodge, but is reassured when he asks the figure to take a key from him. When the figure is able to do so, Bode confirms that it is Ellie. After Dodge is defeated, Bode hands over the Identity Key to allow her to return to her own form.[15]

Helping Nina Locke[]

After months of Nina becoming aware of magic and then forgetting it, Bode finally decides to give Nina a gift. He presents to her the Head Key and explains that although she may be confused she must trust him. Nina obliges and Bode takes her inside of her head to view some of her most coveted memories with Rendell. Nina is confused but expresses her desire to never forget the memories. Following Nina's wishes, Bode uses the Memory Key to ensure that Nina is able to remember magic and therefore, her memories of Rendell.[15]

Misadventure with the Timeshift Key[]

To be added.

War with Frederick Gideon[]

To be added.

Personality[]

Just because we found a few of the keys, we think we know everything, but there's so much we still don't know.

–Bode to Tyler and Kinsey regarding the Hercules Key.

Bode Locke is a young and innocent boy who is very intuitive, curious, and intelligent. His curiosity and innocence both allow him to notice things others do not on more than one occasion. While not above panicking when having good reason (such as when he hears echoes and assumes they're saying other words that aren't his own), he is very brave and almost impossible to intimidate, showing an indomitable willpower and unbreakable spirit.

Appearances[]

Season One
Season Two

Trivia[]

  • He finds the Ghost Key, Shadow Key, Anywhere Key, Music Box Key and Mirror Key.
    • This makes him the one to find the most keys.
  • Bode figures out that Dodge cannot take the keys from the Locke Children.
    • He initially believes she is unable to take the keys from anyone, however later finds out that this rule only applies to the Locke Family.
      • Furthermore, while a Locke by blood, he was futile to prevent Sam from wrenching the Mirror Key from his grasp.
  • Bode is the favorite role of Jackson Robert Scott because he considers the upbeat child relatable.[16]

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